So I don’t really do analysis things or reviews, but I do like to make well-thought-out predictions. So, I’d like to talk about a couple of things from the Fiftieth that some people seem curious about! :)
First on my mind is actually the curator bit with Tom Baker! Obviously we know he was the Fourth Doctor. What we also know, however, thanks to Moffat’s little statement on how he and RTD have planned to explain Capaldi’s entrance as the Doctor after playing rather large parts in the Whoniverse before, is that the Doctor can somehow choose his face and who he regenerates into, based on possibly those he has met or seen. So perhaps this wasn’t the Doctor in the future, retired, but the person who held the face he had chosen—a dear friend.
But then, there is the “revisiting old faces” bit. So maybe it is him? But this leads into another part that I really like. The concept of Trenzalore. It is constantly spoken that the Doctor must die in a war and be buried at Trenzalore. So how can he possibly one day retire if Trenzalore is where he lies in the end?
In the incredibly short preview for the Christmas Special (here) we get the possibility of the Doctor travelling to a planet where it looks as though creatures have been left to rot (daleks, cybermen, weeping angels). Of course, the Silence are there—how could they not be? Because this is Trenzalore. Where the Doctor must Fall. It seems he didn’t actually know this is the place he was going, but then again it’s a ten second clip, and the audio could very well be from a different scene. HOWEVER—the take on this alone suggests that not only will the Christmas special include Trenzalore, but even Moffat has hinted about getting a glimpse of Madame Kovarian’s “endless, bitter war”. And we all know that unfortunately this is Matt’s last episode. So!
What if this entire time, the Doctor dying at Trenzalore didn’t ever mean his final death? What if it’s Eleven’s? The Great Intelligence said that he died in a fight (albeit a mild one compared to his “bloodstained” standards), so maybe it’s that one? The “war”? I realize this leaves his time stream and all up for debate, but honestly, the Doctor was always a soldier. I think in the end, they would bury him on Trenzalore regardless.
Soo, that’s all my skepticism! Enjoy!